Image on the left: Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (left), Expedition 14 flight engineer representing Russia’s Federal Space Agency, and astronaut Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, commander and NASA space station science officer, pose for a photograph following their July 13 press conference at the Johnson Space Center.
Space Station Crew
Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria
PERSONAL DATA: Born May 30, 1958, in Madrid, Spain, and grew up in Mission Viejo, California. Married to the former Daria Robinson of Geneva, Switzerland. They have one son. Michael enjoys sports, traveling and cooking, and is interested in national and international political, economic and security affairs. His parents are deceased. Daria’s parents, Professor Stuart and Margareta Robinson, reside in Geneva.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo, California, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980; and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1988. Graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Speaks Spanish, French and Russian.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member, Association of Naval Aviation, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and Association of Space Explorers.
EXPERIENCE: Following flight training, Lopez-Alegria was designated a Naval Aviator on September 4, 1981. He served as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida, until March 1983 and then as a pilot and mission commander of EP-3E aircraft. In 1986 he was assigned to a two-year cooperative program between the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. His final tour before being assigned to NASA was at the Naval Air Test Center as an engineering test pilot and program manager. He has accumulated more than 5,000 pilot hours in over 30 different aircraft types.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Lopez-Alegria reported for training to the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in August 1992. Following one year of training and designation as an astronaut, he was first assigned to be the Astronaut Office technical point of contact to various Space Shuttle project elements, then to the Kennedy Space Center where he provided crew representation on orbiter processing issues and support during launches and landings. Following his first space flight he served as NASA Director of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia. After his second mission, he led the newly formed ISS Crew Operations branch of the Astronaut Office. Upon completion of his third spaceflight, he was assigned as the technical assistant to JSC’s EVA Office. Lopez-Alegria has logged over 42 days in space, circled the Earth 674 times, and performed 5 EVAs totaling 34 hours. Currently, Mike Lopez-Alegria is the Commander of Expedition-14 and will serve as the NASA station science officer during a six-month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station. He launched aboard Russian Soyuz-13 ( TMA-9) from Baikonour on September 18, 2006, docking with the space station on September 20, 2006.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-73 Columbia (October 20 to November 5, 1995) was launched from and returned to land at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. STS-73 was the second United States Microgravity Laboratory mission and focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science, the physics of fluids, and numerous scientific experiments housed in the pressurized Spacelab module. Lopez-Alegria served as the flight engineer during the ascent and entry phases of flight, and was responsible for all operations of the “blueï¿½ï¿½? shift on orbit.
STS-92 Discovery (October 11-24, 2000) was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the 13-day flight, the seven-member crew attached the Z1 Truss and Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 to the International Space Station using Discovery’s robotic arm and performed four space walks to configure these elements. Lopez-Alegria totaled 14 hours and 3 minutes of EVA time in two space walks.
STS-113 Endeavour (November 23-Dec 7, 2002) was the sixteenth Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Mission accomplishments included the delivery of the Expedition-Six crew, the delivery, installation and activation of the P1 Truss, and the transfer of cargo from Endeavour to the ISS. During the mission Lopez-Alegria performed three EVAs totaling 19 hours and 55 minutes. STS-113 brought home the Expedition-Five crew from their 6-month stay aboard the Station.
Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin
PERSONAL DATA: Michael Tyurin lives in Korolev, a small city outside of Moscow. He was born March 2, 1960, in Kolomna, Russia (about 60 miles from Moscow) where his parents still reside. He is married to Tatiana Anatoleyvna Tyurin. They have a daughter, Alexandra, born in 1982. He enjoys sailing in his free time.
EDUCATION: He graduated from the Moscow Aviation Institute in 1984 with a degree in engineering and a specialization in creating mathematical models related to mechanical flight. He is currently doing graduate work in his field of research.
EXPERIENCE: After graduating from the Aviation Institute he began working at the Energia corporation as an engineer. The main subjects of his job have been dynamics, ballistics, and software development. His personal scientific research is connected with the psychological aspects of cosmonauts’ training for the manual control of spacecraft motion. In 1993 he was selected to begin cosmonaut training, and in 1998 he started training as a flight engineer for the Expedition-3 crew. He also served as a backup crew member for the first ISS mission.
Tyurin lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for a total of 125 days. The Expedition-3 crew launched on August 10, 2001 aboard STS-105 Discovery and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on August 12, 2001. They left the station on December 15 aboard STS-108 Endeavour, landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on December 17, 2001.
Tyurin was the Commander of Soyuz-13 (TMA-9) / Expedition 14, launching on September 18, 2006 from Baikonour, and docking with the International Space Station on September 20, 2006. He will serve as Flight Engineer during a six-month tour of duty aboard the space station.
For more information about past crews of the International Space Station, visit this NASA web site.